The hostility, loathing and mistrust that Muslims in New Jersey and the United States say they have experienced since members of al-Qaida hijacked planes five years ago have not been as apparent in Morris County, local Muslims say.
After a recent Friday prayer, as men piled quickly out of the Islamic Academy in Boonton to head for their jobs, many longtime Muslim residents of Morris County said their experiences are unusual compared with people of who follow their way of life in other parts of the country. . .
Shoaib Iqbal credited national organizations such as the Council on American Islamic Relations and the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee, as well as local religious organizations for making the ride much smoother.